Meaning of ghetto

ghet•to

Pronunciation: (get'ō), [key]
— pl. -tos, -toes.
  1. a section of a city, esp. a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.
  2. (formerly, in most European countries) a section of a city in which all Jews were required to live.
  3. a section predominantly inhabited by Jews.
  4. any mode of living, working, etc., that results from stereotyping or biased treatment: job ghettos for women; ghettos for the elderly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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